Air pollution is causing dementia, British experts
London: We know that long-term breathing in polluted and dirty air is seriously harmful to the lungs and heart, but now British experts have warned that air pollution can also cause dementia on the rise.
This was done by experts in the ‘Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution’ (COMEAP) in Great Britain. British government scientific advisers have said that chronic exposure to air pollution increases the risk of dementia and brain degeneration. They insist that a growing body of research is making it clear that cognitive abilities can be severely affected by polluted air.
The proceedings have been published in a formal report containing the essence of 70 investigations. Experts insist that aging affects mental capacity and air pollution can accelerate this process and cause dementia. Pollution has already been proven to be harmful to the heart, lungs and other organs.
Among the advisers is Frank Kelly of Imperial College, who has been considering it for three years. According to him, dementia is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, with the global rate increasing, but the committee admitted that despite the evidence, due to lack of data, the exact number of people affected by air pollution and dementia cannot be determined. According to him, 60,000 of the 209,600 dementia cases across the UK in 2018 can be attributed to bad air.
Air pollution affects in three ways. Firstly, the pollution particles severely affect the fine blood vessels, secondly, the blood supply to the brain is affected, thirdly, the brain cells are severely affected and the patient progresses rapidly towards dementia. This has also been revealed from experiments on animals.